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A summary of the new features in the October 2018 update of Power BI Desktop
Part seven of an eight-part series of blogs

Not an earth-shaking update, but lots of nice new features nonetheless to make your life easier, including a better DAX editor, the ability to search for text when filtering a visual and a clever new connector which guesses what you want to import from a website.

  1. Changes introduced in the October 2018 Power BI update
  2. Changes to the DAX editor
  3. Filters are now searchable
  4. Explaining why an increase or decrease has happened
  5. Controlling exporting of data
  6. The Web by Example connector
  7. Other changes in the October 2018 update (this blog)
  8. Features awaiting in preview as of October 2018

For a cumulative list of all of the updates to Power BI Desktop since November 2016 see this blog, or have a look at the Power BI courses that we run.

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 October 2018

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Other changes in the October 2018 update

For the sake of completeness, here are the other changes in this update (as listed here, at least at the time of writing):

Change Notes
Improved accessibility and keyboard short-cuts Microsoft say that you can now use shortcut keys to navigate your way round the field well, but they haven't expanded on this, and I tried all of the obvious ones without any success.  For now I think I would stick with your mouse when adding fields to visuals!
ArcGIS improvements ESRI have made "massive performance improvements" (their words) or made maps "load up to 50% faster" (Microsoft's take on the subject), as well as increasing lots of size constraints.  Diehard ArcGIS enthusiasts should go to ESRI's blog on the subject.
New connectors There are lots of new connectors to data, including SAP, Vertica and Dynamics.
Security update There is a very techie update which allows IT administrators to force users to view the latest version of TLS (Transport Layer Security), although my eyes glazed over even as I typed in those words.

In addition to these changes, don't forget to read about all the things waiting in preview for release in a future update.

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